Richard J. Holwell - Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP

Richard J. Holwell

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2016

The Hon. Richard J. Holwell served as a federal judge in the Southern District of New York from 2003-12, before stepping down to found Holwell Shuster & Goldberg. During his tenure on the federal bench, he presided over two of the most significant securities fraud matters to reach trial in recent decades: the insider trading trial of Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam, and a securities class action brought against Vivendi that raised several novel points of law regarding the application of U.S. law to alleged securities fraud involving a foreign plaintiff.

Before his confirmation to the federal judiciary by the U.S. Senate, Judge Holwell practiced at White & Case, where he served on the Management Board and as the firm’s Executive Partner for Disputes. 

Notable representations

•Visa Inc. in nationwide antitrust cases initiated by U. S. merchants.

•Cukurova Holding S.A. in appeal to the Second Circuit of a $1 billion judgment confirming a Swiss arbitral award. 

•Distressed asset hedge fund in appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court challenging a debt restructuring plan. 

•Credit Lyonnais S.A. in the acquisition of control of MGM/UA and in securities fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims against MGM/UA’s former owners, Kirk Kerkorian and Giancarlo Parretti.

•Credit Lyonnais S.A. in criminal cases in the United States, France, and Italy and parallel proceedings before the Federal Reserve Board.

•USX in its acquisition of Marathon Oil and the subsequent trial to verdict of shareholder class action litigation.

•Newmont Mining in its defense of successive takeover attempts by T. Boone Pickens and the DeBeers family.

•Former Governor of New York in a test of his constitutional power to supersede a sitting district attorney.

•State of New York in land claim litigation initiated by several tribes of the Iroquois Nation.


•Columbia-Cambridge Fellowship, Cambridge University Institute of Criminology (Dip. Crim., 1971)

•Columbia University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1970) 

•Villanova University (B.A., 1967)

Villanova UniversityBA 1967Columbia University School of LawJ.D. 1970

Office Location

750 Seventh Avenue, 26th Floor
New York, NY 10019
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Other Information

Gender: Male